Somerville soccer players face rape charges
PITTSFIELD, Mass. (WHDH) -- Three suburban Boston high school soccer players sexually assaulted one freshman boy and try to rape two others last week at a sports team-building retreat in western Massachusetts, a prosecutor said Tuesday. One was held pending a hearing to determine whether he is a danger to the public.
That suspect, Galileo Mondol, 17, and two 16-year-old boys attacked the freshman and attempted to rape the others Aug. 25 in a cabin at Camp Lenox in Otis, in the Berkshire Mountains, a prosecutor said in court Tuesday. Mondol was not involved at first but joined in, Berkshire Assistant District Attorney Rachel Eramo said.
“One of the witnesses said that he was going to tell. And this particular defendant looked him in the eye and in his words got a serious look on his face and said words to the effect of ‘you better keep your mouth shut,’” said Rachel Eramo, prosecutor.
Mondol was arraigned in an adult session in the district court, while the two other suspects were arraigned in juvenile session. Under Massachusetts law, a 17-year-old is considered an adult and automatically charged as one. The two 16-year-old boys, whose names were not released because of their age, were to be arraigned in juvenile court on similar charges.
The allegations have shaken the Boston suburb of Somerville, including Mayor Joe Curtatone, a volunteer football coach at the camp. Somerville High was holding a team-building retreat at the camp for the soccer and football teams. The defendants and accusers all play soccer.
Mondol pleaded not guilty to charges of aggravated rape of a child, assault on a child with intent to commit rape, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, indecent assault, and witness intimidation Tuesday. His dangerousness hearing was scheduled for Friday.
They were arrested Friday, and Mondol was held over the weekend on $100,000 bail. A judge refused to lower bail Tuesday, even though his lawyer William Korman said his client had nothing to do with the alleged assault.
Mondol’s parents left the courtroom without comment, but his attorney says his client has done nothing wrong.
“According to the victim’s statement my client was in the cabin and did everything he could to dissuade the other boys from assaulting him. That’s certainly not somebody who warrants a $100,000 bail and a charge of aggravated rape,” Korman said.
Mondol will remain in isolation until his next court appearance, which is scheduled on Friday for a dangerousness hearing.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.